North Korea claims new Covid cases have dropped below 20,000
North Korea's new suspected Covid-19 cases dropped below 20,000, Korean Central News Agency, its state media said on Sunday.
More than 19,310 people developed a fever over a 24-hour period until 6pm on Saturday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency epidemic prevention headquarters.
It did not provide information on whether additional deaths have been reported. As of Wednesday, the death toll stood at 73, with a fatality rate of 0.002 per cent.
The total number of fever cases since late April came to over 4.62 million as of 6pm on Saturday, of which more than 4.58 million have recovered, and at least 33,780 are being treated, it added.
The secretive Kim Jong-un regime announced a Covid-19 outbreak on May 12. The country's daily fever count has been on a downward trend after peaking at over 392,920 on May 15. It has stayed under 100,000 since May 30.
The KCNA also claimed progress in efforts to curb the spread of an "acute enteric epidemic" reported in the southwestern area last week.
"The public health crisis is being defused in the DPRK [the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea]," it said in an English-language article.
"The central emergency epidemic prevention sector launched a campaign for treating patients by dispatching relevant officials and rapid collective diagnosis teams of the national hygienic and anti-epidemic centre to the areas in South Hwanghae Province, where an acute enteric epidemic occurred, and making an epidemiological survey of inhabitants and checking up persons with fever."
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